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Senior Secondary

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​​​​At MacGregor State High School we recognise that Senior Secondary is a time when young people are laying the foundation for future success. We acknowledge that each student is an individual and aim to inspire each of them to use the education they receive at MacGregor State High School to set them up for a meaningful pathway beyond Year 12.  


Obtaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) 

The QCE is Queensland's senior secondary schooling qualification. It is internationally recognised and provides evidence of senior schooling achievements.

The QCE allows students to choose from a wide range of learning options to suit their interests and career goals.

To receive a QCE, students must achieve the set amount of learning, in the set standard, in a set pattern, while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.

Set amount

  • 20 credits from learning options, including:
    • QCAA subjects or courses
    • Vocational Education and Training qualifications 
    • non-Queensland studies
    • recognised studies.

Set standard

  • Satisfactory completion, grade of C or better, competency or qualification completion, pass or equivalent.

Set pattern

  • 12 credits from completed Core courses of study
    and
  • 8 credits from any combination of:
    • Core courses of study
    • Preparatory courses of study (maximum 4) 
    • Complementary courses of study (maximum 8) 

Literacy and numeracy requirements

Students must meet literacy and numeracy requirements through one of the available learning options.

For more information visit https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au

Obtaining an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) - Entering Higher Education

Please note this information is subject to change in response to directives from the QCAA and/or QTAC.

ATAR is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students.  It is the standard measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to other students where these students have studied different subject combinations.

ATARS are expressed as a number on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 down to 0.00 in steps of 0.05.  So the highest ATAR is 99.95, then 99.90, then 99.85, and so on, down to 0.00.  ATARS below 30 are reported as ‘30.00 or less’.

For more information visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar/

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is “education and training for work” and part of a broader educational network in Australia that includes schools, TAFE, Universities and Private Registered Training Organisations (RTO).  

VET studies award students with Certificate Qualifications (1, 2, 3 or 4) in a range of courses. These qualifications contribute towards QCE attainment.

VET courses can be studied as stand-alone academic courses or combined with on the job training in the form of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT’s).  


For more information visit www.qcaa.qld.edu.au  

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Last reviewed 10 May 2021
Last updated 10 May 2021